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Cockenzie Coal Bunkers set for Controlled Explosive Demolition


The steel-framed coal bunkers to the rear of Cockenzie Power Station are set to be brought down in a controlled explosive demolition event on Thursday December 11th at 2pm. This will be the ninth explosive demolition event to take place at Cockenzie over the last year, following a programme to remove the steel precipitators.

To facilitate the works, the John Muir Way to the rear of the station will be closed from 1pm and will be re-opened as soon as possible after the event. Edinburgh Road to the front of the site will be the subject of a mini road closure, as requested by Police Scotland, with the Police stopping vehicles shortly before the demolition until shortly after to ensure no distractions for drivers. The event will be managed by ScottishPower’s main contractors Brown and Mason. A section of the Greenhills will be able to accommodate anyone who wishes to view the event, although there will be no special parking provisions.

When the station was operational, coal was transported from the coal handling plant over a distance to storage bunkers at the rear of the station via a conveyor. ScottishPower  successfully removed the coal conveyor over Edinburgh Road recently as part of the ongoing works.

The current decommissioning programme remains on schedule, with the twin chimney stacks now programmed for demolition around summer 2015. ScottishPower will be speaking to local community groups in the New Year to discuss wider plans around the chimney stack demolition.

George Camps, ScottishPower Project Manager, said:

“We have again been working closely with the Police and East Lothian Council to put plans in place for this explosive demolition event. Every aspect of this project has been carefully planned to minimise any disruption for local residents and road users.”